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Special Planning Program

A Special Planning Program (SPP) is a component of the Master Plan that allows for more detailed planning in specific areas. Adoption of an SPP by City Council is an amendment to the Plan and is preceded by a public consultation process.

An SPP deals with a specific area of the City’s territory and might involve:

  • Detailed land use designation and building density;
  • Projected routes and types of traffic corridors;
  • Proposed community facilities;
  • Zoning, subdivision and construction by-laws;
  • Identification of projected capital expenditures and, if required, the properties to be acquired by the City;
  • The construction sequence and approximate duration of the capital work;
  • Special redevelopment, restoration or demolition programs.
Detailed Planning Areas

Some parts of Montréal’s territory present complex urban planning issues that could not be resolved before the Master Plan’s adoption. Thus, the City will conduct a detailed planning exercise for these areas in the three years following the adoption of the Master Plan, based on an integrated approach adapted to the specific nature of each case. The Annual Assessment Report on the Master Plan will include a progress report on this work.

The Detailed Planning Areas of the City are identified in Illustration 4.1. They involve issues that affect the entire City or directly concern more than one borough. In many cases, they include areas to be built or transformed. In contrast, others such as Mount Royal call for measures that are essentially designed for conservation and improvement.

The borough chapters in Part II of the Master Plan present Detailed Planning Areas whose impact is more local in scope.

The planning process will rely on participation by residents and all stakeholders concerned: boroughs, municipal departments, the federal and Québec governments, private and public organizations as well as community associations and groups.

According to specific needs, detailed planning could lead to :

  • The adoption of a Special Planning Program (SPP);
  • The adoption of a development or action plan by City Council or a borough council;
  • Urban planning by-law amendments by the concerned boroughs;
  • The creation of appropriate programs;
  • The implementation of capital projects by the City or in association with the federal or Quebec governments;
  • Projects in partnership with one or more private or public organizations.

In order to initiate and guide the detailed planning process that will be carried out once the Plan is adopted, the following pages present, for each Detailed Planning Area :

  • General goals;
  • A brief summary of the planning issues;
  • Planning guidelines.